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Research grants

apply for external research funding

Below, you will find a selection of funders of particular interest for researchers at Lund University School of Economics and Management.

European Research Council (ERC)

ERC grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.

  • Starting Grant call 2018 (researchers awarded their PhD 2–7 years prior to 1 January 2018)
    Preliminary deadline: 17 October 2017
  • Consolidator Grant call 2017 (researchers awarded their PhD 7–12 years prior to 1 January 2018)
    Preliminary deadline: 15 February 2018
  • Advanced Grant call 2017 (established senior researchers)
    Deadline: 31 August 2017
  • Proof of Concept Grants
    Deadline: 5 September 2017
  • ERC Synergy Grants will be re-launched in 2018
    Preliminary deadline: 14 November 2017

Read more at ERC's webpage

Special rules apply for applications to the ERC as these require a commitment of the host institution signed by the vice-chancellor – please contact Research Services.

FORMAS/The Swedish Research Council Formas

FORMAS, the Swedish research council for sustainable development, promotes and supports research within the areas Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning. The research comprises basic research, need-driven research and innovation. Formas may also fund development projects to a limited extent.

Application deadline for urgent grants: 15 November, 2017

FORTE/Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Forte is a government agency financing research in the areas of health, labour and welfare. Forte distributes around 550 million Swedish kronor every year to both basic and needs-driven research. This ranges from individual project grants to larger efforts to build world-class research environments.

Read more at Forte's webpage


Försäkringskassan announces project grants within social insurance.

Read more at Försäkringskassan's webpage (in Swedish)

Gunvor och Josef Anérs stiftelse

The foundation grants support for all types of scientific research, particularly within humanities.

Read more at the foundation's webpage

Handelsrådet/The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council

One of Sweden’s largest financiers of research in the area of wholesale and retail, the council annually pays approximately 20 million SEK to various research projects. The main purpose is developing and strengthening the academic retail and wholesale research. The aim is also to increase the knowledge of wholesale and retail, for the benefit of companies, employees, customers and society.

Call for proposals 2017 – Research relevant to the trade industry
Application deadline: 10 October, 2017 (in Swedish)

Hans Werthén Fonden/Hans Werthén Foundation

The foundation annually awards 15 stipends of 100,000–200,000 SEK to postdocs or PhD students for one year of scientific work. Applicants are to be 25–35 years old and hold an academic degree (at least master), preferably in science, business/economics or law. Preferably, the applicant has post-degree experience from research or business.

Read more at IVA's (The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences) webpage (in Swedish)

Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius Foundation – Programmes (Handelsbanken)

The foundation mainly supports research groups, including PhD students, at academic institutions.

Read more at Handelsbanken’s webpage (in Swedish)

Konkurrensverket/The Swedish Competition Authority

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket), together with the Council for Research Issues, works to stimulate research within competition and public procurement and to contribute towards the qualitative and quantitative development of research in this area. For this reason we provide funding for research projects, commissioned research, seminars and the like.

Application deadline: 1 February each year.

Kronofogdemyndigheten/Swedish Enforcement Authority

The Swedish Enforcement Authority conducts research in order to promote research at universities and university colleges within areas that relate to the Authority's activity. Individual researchers or groups of researchers from different scientific disciplines can apply.

Read more at SEA's webpage (in Swedish).

The Lars Erik Lundberg Foundation for Research and Education

The Foundation supports projects within company management and technical development. Support may be granted to either senior researchers or doctoral students, and is normally granted for a project period of one to three years.

Read more at the foundation’s webpage

Ragnar Söderberg Foundation – Ragnar Söderberg Project in Economic Sciences or Law

The foundation supports junior researchers with a PhD that have innovative ideas, proven scientific excellence and high ambitions to develop economic sciences.

Call for proposals 2017, Economic Sciences: 6 November–5 December
Call for proposals 2017, Law: 6 November–5 December

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) supports research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Support is provided in several forms: programmes, projects, infrastructure for research, and also for research initiation.

Read more at RJ’s webpage

Selma Anderson Foundation

Scholarships for women (students/researchers) are awarded:

  1. to support scholarly/scientific research, academic travel or the publication of scholarly/scientific work by women who have completed doctorates at any of the country’s universities and other institutions of higher learning and thereby demonstrated genuine talent for scholarship/science; and
  2. to support dissertation work by women who have been accepted to postgraduate programmes at any of the country’s institutions of higher learning and shown genuine talent for scholarship/science.

Application deadline: 20 September 2017 (in Swedish)

Sten K Johnson Foundation

The foundation wants to reach out to individuals, organizations and companies (with a link to Skåne) who have vision and drive to develop projects in education, culture, technology, medicine, entrepreneurship, literature and music.

Read more at the Foundation's webpage

Stiftelsen för främjande av ekonomisk forskning vid Lunds universitet

The purpose of the foundation is to promote such economic research at Lund University that is of interest to industry and trade. For the autumn 2017, the foundation will assign SEK 200.000 for stipends and research grants.

Application deadline: 9 October, 2017 (pdf)

Read more about the foundation

Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning/EH Hügoths foundation

Grants for higher studies in agricultural economy, marketing and administration. The foundation also promotes experimental work of importance for agriculture.

Application deadline: 31 December each year

Stiftelsen Svenska Revisionsakademin

The foundation supports research mainly in accounting and auditing.

Read more at the foundation's webpage (in Swedish)

Torsten Söderberg Foundation

The foundation supports research in the areas of medicine, business and economics, and law.

Read more at the foundation’s webpage (in Swedish)

The Wallenberg Foundations

The Wallenberg Foundations is the collective name for the public and private foundations funded by individual members of the Wallenberg family. The Foundations grant funding to excellent researchers and research projects beneficial to Sweden, and have since 1917 granted over 25 billion Swedish kronor.

Read more at the foundations’ webpage

– Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation supports long-term, free basic research beneficial to Sweden, mainly in medicine, technology, and the natural sciences. This is achieved through long-term grants to excellent researchers and to projects. The Foundation can also initiate grants to strategic projects and scholarship programs.

Current call: Grants for research projects of high scientific potential
NB: Requires central management of applications and accounting – please contact LU Research Services.

Application deadline: 1 February, 2018
LU internal deadline: 27 September, 2017

Read more about the application process (pdf)

– Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation primarily grants funding for the humanities and learning. Individual scientists or research groups affiliated with a Swedish university or other academic and non-profit organizations, may apply for grants. All applications to the Foundation must first pass the internal prioritization process of the relevant university or institution.

Application deadline: 1 April every year.

Requires central management of applications and accounting – please contact LU Research Services.

– Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation primarily grants funding for projects related to law, social science and other social sciences together with fellowships in clinical medicine. The Foundation mainly funds research projects of high scientific potential and provides individual support to outstanding scientists. From time to time, the Foundation also initiates strategic projects and scholarship programs.

Application deadline: 1 April every year.

Requires central management of applications and accounting – please contact LU Research Services.

– Peter Wallenberg Foundation

The Foundation supports projects related to economics and technology, preferably projects involving collaboration between Swedish and Finnish scientists.

Application deadline: 1 April and 1 October every year.

Vetenskapsrådet/The Swedish Research Council

The Swedish Research Council allocates around SEK 6,4 billion in funding for basic research of the highest scientific quality in all areas of research each year. All applications for funding are subject to rigorous quality testing, known as peer review.

Both those who are early in their research careers and those who are more established may apply for grants from the Swedish Research Council. They have a specific mandate from the government to support young researchers and to encourage research to be renewed.

Read more at the Research Council’s webpage


Vinnova develops a number of programmes and activities within strategic areas. Most programmes involve active cooperation between the private business sector, universities and/or research institutes as well as the public sector.

Read more at Vinnova’s webpage